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Feb 28 2014

On the Other Side of Parental Boredom is Awe

By at 1:54 pm


This post is part of our Torah commentary series. This Shabbat we read Parashat Pekudei. To read a summary of the portion and learn more, click here.

I have to say right away that my daughter is not boring. She’s a little strawberry-blond spitfire who cracks me up with her sense of humor, amazes me with her expanding grasp of language, keeps me on my toes, and regularly blows my mind.

But still. We’re not exactly peers; it’s hard to find activities to equally entertain a 22-month-old and a 37-year-old. Mommy and Me is cool, and we’re both into baking, but there are only so many sing-a-longs you can attend in a day, and if I bake chocolate chip cookies four times a week I’ll never fit into my clothes again. So on our longer days together, a certain amount of boredom inevitably ensues. Sylvie gets bored when I take too long in the grocery store bulk aisle. I get bored pushing her on the swings. She gets bored when I do dishes. I get bored singing “Old Macdonald Had a Farm” (again). And so on.

Boredom is generally considered a bad thing. And I can’t say it feels particularly good. But recently I have been experimenting with seeing it as a spiritual teacher rather than an enemy. Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 6 2012

Get Crafty With Us: DIY Hanukkah

By at 2:17 pm
making menorah art

Kveller editor Deborah’s daughter crafting up a menorah.

Hanukkah is almost here! It’s time to dust off the menorahs, locate your dreidels, and buy about a ton of potatoes and Hanukkah gelt. If you’re loooking for more ways to get in the Hanukkah spirit, this is the perfect DIY decoration holiday–and your kids can join in on the fun!

We want to know how your family is preparing for the coming eight days. If you have pictures of your kids making Hanukkah crafts, share them on our Facebook page or send them to

If you aren’t sure where to start, or are looking for some creative projects for your kids to work on, check some of our favorite ideas below. Read the rest of this entry →


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